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Gilberto Ramirez, Michael Hunter win in Galveston

Gilberto Ramirez, Michael Hunter win in Galveston

combat of Rio Grande: Gilberto Ramirez vs. Alfonso Lopez
by Francisco Salazar

Gilberto Ramirez dropped Alfonso Lopez twice en route to a 10th circular technical knockout victory Friday evening at the Galveston Island convention middle in Galveston, Texas.

With the victory, Ramirez improves to forty one-0, 27 knockouts.

Friday evening marked Ramirez’s first fight for the reason that stopping Tommy Karpency on April 12 of final 12 months. The knockout victory over Karpency marked Ramirez’s first combat at one hundred seventy five pounds after defending the WBO super middleweight title five instances.

The victory over Lopez also marked Ramirez’s first as a promoter. Ramirez, who resides in Mazatlan, Mexico, determined to develop into a promoter previous this year after suitable Rank released him from his promotional contract.

Lopez is a fringe contender who has promoted fights all through Texas over the ultimate couple of years. The 38-12 months-ancient entered the Ramirez fight having won his outdated 10 bouts.

After a slow birth within the opening circular, the southpaw Ramirez dropped Lopez to the canvas in the second round. Lopez didn’t seem visibly harm from the punch and became game after beating the count.

Ramirez utilized lateral circulate throughout a good deal of the combat and become extra constructive as both opponents stood and traded within the pocket. With each and every passing round, Lopez’s punch output dropped as Ramirez become correct together with his two and three-punch mixtures to the pinnacle and physique. Lopez would combat in spurts and did well on the internal, specially in round 7, however regarded fatigued in Rounds eight and 9 as Ramirez’s punches landed greater flush upstairs.

right through the ultimate circular, Ramirez landed a left/appropriate combination to the top, adopted with the aid of an additional correct. The mixture perceived to stun Lopez however a devastating Ramirez right hook upstairs moments later dropped him flat onto the canvas. Referee Jay Nady instantly stopped the bout.

Ramirez told The Ring before the combat that he would like to face any of the realm titleholders at 175 pounds however become hoping to land a battle in opposition t WBA titlist Dmitry Bivol, who he described as the most comprehensive beltholder within the division.

Lopez, who resides in Huntsville, Texas, drops to 32-four, 25 KOs.

in the co-characteristic, heavyweight contender Michael Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs), who is ranked No. eight with the aid of The Ring, dropped Shawn Laughery twice en route to a knockout victory.

The win over Laughery was Hunter’s first combat seeing that combating to a draw towards Alexander Povetkin, ranked No. 3 with the aid of The Ring, on December 7 of remaining yr.

After scoring a knockdown in round 1, Hunter become in control, running Laughery down and battering him against the ropes. Laughery seemed exhausted in round 4 as Hunter pinned him in opposition t the ropes, letting his hands go. A 5-punch combination dropped Laughery to at least one knee, the place he remained on the canvas as he turned into counted out at 1:02.

Laughery, who resides in very wellHill, West Virginia, falls to 10-4, 6 KOs. He took the battle on brief observe after original opponent Chauncy Welliver backed out of the combat closing week.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring when you consider that October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad seeing that 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) celebrity newspaper. He can be reached by way of electronic mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.

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